RSOB Chapter 1: How the Stats are Out to Get You

From Ron Shandler’s Other Book 2016: The Manual of Baseball Roster Construction

"This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains." -- Nuke Laloosh, Bull Durham

The structure of the game of baseball lends itself to analysis. The result of each at-bat is an individual event that can be measured. But this measurement is always after the fact. We can count how many home runs a player hits, but that is only after . . .

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